At its September 14 meeting, the Philadelphia Art Commission again did not approve the first element of the Cobbs Creek Foundation’s renovation of the Cobbs Creek golf courses: the driving range and education center.
This is the foundation’s third attempt to gain final approval for the driving range and the education center at the golf courses, 350 acres of land the foundation has leased from the City for $1 over 30 years, and where the clearing of about 100 acres of trees has sparked resistance from community members. The commission granted a conceptual approval for the first element on July 29. That July 29 meeting followed an April 13 meeting at which the Art Commission had asked the foundation to come back with more-complete plans.
While public comments about the proposal consumed much of the April and July meetings, this time the foundation didn’t even make it past its initial slide show.
Commission members had asked for more information about the environmental impact of various elements of the planned buildings, including how materials would make the urban heat island effect better or worse, how windows might be designed to reduce the number of birds killed by flying into them, and how native plant species might be used in the landscaping.
The foundation had not provided the information the commission had requested, according to commission members on the Zoom call, and the commission voted to continue the discussion at a later date to be determined.